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School Bullying in Taiwanese Adolescents

NCJ Number
Journal of Emotional Abuse Volume: 6 Issue: 4 Dated: 2006 Pages: 69-90
Audrey Hokoda; Hsuch-Huei A. Lu; Manuel Angeles
Date Published
22 pages
This study examined school bullying and its relationship to parenting patterns for 325 junior high school students (13 to 16 years old) in Taiwan.
Study findings indicate that school bullying is prevalent in Taiwan, since 27.7 percent of the students reported that they had experienced direct bullying, and 49.7 percent of the students reported they had experienced indirect bullying (teasing, social exclusion, verbal threats, etc.) in the past 30 days. Boys were more likely to be victimized by direct bullying and to engage in bullying than girls. When students were asked what they did when they saw someone being bullied in the past 30 days, approximately 63 percent reported that they did nothing; approximately 35 percent reported that they helped the victim come up with ideas on how to handle the problems. Contrary to the findings of bullying studies in Western countries, there were no relationships between authoritarian parenting styles and children's victimization from and perpetration of bullying. Neither was there a relationship between overprotective parenting and bullying victimization. The authors suggest that cultural values influenced by Confucianism may influence the use and impact of authoritarian and overprotective parenting in Taiwan. Further research is needed in order to describe characteristics of victims and perpetrators of bullying; the response to bullying by peers, parents, and teachers; the family-school connections; and school policies that may influence the prevalence of bullying. A total of 325 students (58 percent girls) completed the surveys. A total of 298 of the students' parents completed surveys. Surveys solicited reports on bullying victimization and bullying perpetration. Parents reported on their parenting styles, with attention to forms of discipline. 3 tables and 59 references